ESP8266 Web Client add on?

Hello,
I am working on building a project with the ESP8266. It is part of another project, which is a raspberry pi running a web server, which is connected to some PHP and other bits and bobs. What, with the included Blynk libraries, is the easiest way to cURL the URL? (Raspberry Pi is running a web-based IR remote, and the PHP just GETs the requested URL, and runs LIRC commands). Is there an easier way to do this?
-jm